Each time I walk into the garden something else has come to life and is looking wonderful. I never tire of just losing myself in a walk around, just touching, smelling, and enjoying all the beautiful colours and textures.
Watching the amazing variety of wildlife, hearing the buzz of insects and the birdsong gives me a tremendous feeling of calm and well-being.
It feeds my soul.
I take far too many photos every day so I've had to be ruthless in choosing which to show! First a bit of wildlife:
|2 sparrows wait their turn whilst a starling has his morning bath|
|Just look at the iridescent green on the back of this fly visiting Euphorbia pithyusa|
|Mummy and baby toad in the orchard|
|Sorry this is a bit fuzzy but the little ant was moving so quickly to get his prized worm home!|
|The striking yellow, grey and black caterpillars of the Mullein moth munching away on a sacrificial wild verbascum (I grow many of them to distract the caterpillars from the cultivated forms!). I wrote about the little blighters here.|
|This little chap is Algernon-the-picked-upon who adopted us a few months ago and I must tell his story in a separate post|
Now for some plants and flowers.
|A lone orchid which has self-seeded into the orchard. I'm hoping it will set seed and spread.|
|Lichen on a pear tree|
When I open the front gate in the morning I'm always struck by how much seems to have sprung up almost overnight!
|Just look at the size of that cardoon to the right of the gazebo (as you look at it) and the foxgloves to the left!|
|The papery bracts of Salvia 'Vatican White'|
We have many different varieties of Sisyrinchium. Here are a few:
|The curious cream and chocolate/plum coloured flowers of 'Quaint and Queer'|
|Acid yellow star-like flowers set against the vivid blue of a prostrate campanula|
|Sisyrinchium striatum (it seeds everywhere!)|
|Close-up of the gorgeous creamy yellow flowers|
|Sis. 'Aunt May' with her beautiful striped leaves looks wonderful against the deep bluey mauve flowers of Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'|
|Deep blue bells of a Campanula in the gravel garden|
This little beauty always makes me smile. From amidst her pretty, stripy, and very hairy leaves she sends up a bright pink stem and then reveals a whole group of glorious flowers (I think they look a bit like angels or dancers) with spotty tops!
|Saxifraga cuscutiformis in front of Hosta 'Hadspen Blue'|
|The dark mauve, almost black, flowers of Aquilegia 'Black Barlow' set against the yellow leaves of Hakonechloa macro|
|Centaurea 'Jordy' in the gravel garden|
|I like the side-view best!|
|Pretty bracts on this variegated Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'|
There are foxgloves in various shades, defying gravity and towering upwards in the most inhospitable places:
|Amazing, spiky casings from which will emerge the pretty purple flowers on this hosta 'Big Boy' planted either side of the entrance to the gazebo|
|The warm yellow flower of the scented Rosa 'Graham Thomas' (he's prone to blackspot but I still love him!)|
|Glorious blue Nigella (aka love-in-a-mist) whose seedpods I dry and use in winter flower arrangements. Each autumn I sprinkle the seeds into awkward places and she rewards me with an amazing display|
I have to stop now, although I could go on and on and on and on, so will end with this bright cerise flower of Lychnis coronaria. I love the contrast of the vivid flowers against the silvery grey felted stems and leaves.